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Suspect claims he was hired for Pine Lawn arson plot

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(KMOV.com) -- Pine Lawn police arrested a man after they said he confessed to being paid to burn down a Pine Lawn home. 

On Saturday, an anonymous call around 11:00 p.m. tipped the Pine Lawn police department that a man was attempting to burn down a house in the 3700 block of Manola.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Robert Luster, 37, trying to set fire to a house. He was arrested at the scene and confessed to police what he did. Police said he admitted to 'getting paid' to burn down the house. He claimed to receive $400.

Luster would not say who paid him, but police said there are two other individuals associated with the home who are wanted for questioning. The house Luster attempted to burn down is currently for sale.

Even though nobody lived in the home, police said lives were saved because Luster soaked the home in enough gasoline to endanger a few surrounding houses.

Pine Lawn spokesman Lou Thimes said, "According to our information and our understanding, he, in fact, drilled holes in the walls. He had, in fact, diluted the floors with gasoline, so he was pretty far along the way. If it had not been for our quick response, it very easily could have been up in flames within moments...we were working against seconds."

Robert Luster is being charged with second-degree attempted arson. Police also want to talk to a woman who was at the scene with Luster. They are not calling her a suspect at this point, but are only calling her a person of interest.
 

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